Aston Villa striker Libor Kozak admits he was inspired working with Lazio ace Miroslav Klose last season.

Kozak left Lazio on transfer deadline day.

"He is an inspiration to me and someone I look up to," the Czech Republic international to

"He was one of the best strikers in the world - maybe not right now but a few years ago.

"I was able to play and train with him and see him up close.

"Off the pitch we played tennis together a lot as it is a sport we both enjoy. He always won - he was very strong!

"I wasn't so strong but I beat him maybe once! But off the pitch he is a quiet man and a very good person."

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